What is TOAST?

The TOAST (Test Of Arabidopsis Space Transcriptome) database is a data visualization tool developed by Dr. Richard Barker, Dr. Sarah Swanson, and Dr. Simon Gilroy in the Gilroy Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  It is a collection of genetic data derived from spaceflight plant biology experiments.  Data was mined from the public NASA GeneLab repository.  On the dashboard, each panel represents an individual experiment/ecotype/assay.  By clicking on a panel you can quickly apply filters to discover significant genes being expressed.  Researchers and students may use this tool as a way to choose a starting point for molecular biology technique and to explore genes of interest in spaceflight.

The team at astrobotany.com is interested in novel approaches to genetic research.  By hosting this powerful tool, courtesy of Qlik, we hope to build the bridge between bioinformatics and wet lab molecular biology.

This database is an early testing prototype.  The Gilroy Lab would appreciate any feedback or comments.  If you are interested, please fill out our short survey. Contact us here: Gilroy Lab Contact.  Thank you and let’s grow plants in space.

To learn more about plant biodiversity, click here to explore another plant database relevant for botanists.



The Gilroy Lab and the team at astrobotany.com would like to acknowledge the various people and institutions who contributed to the TOAST database and are helping further bioinformatics research.

NASA GeneLab

All data was mined from the NASA GeneLab repository.  We are grateful for their support to make projects like these a reality.


Qlik software has graciously supported our endeavor by providing an academic copy of their powerful Qlik Sense software to manage the data.  Special thanks to Joe Warbington at Qlik for helping us implement the UI.


The European Space Agency provided data from several experiments to supplement the TOAST database.


The dnestudios web development team manages the TOAST and astrobotany websites.  Dnestudios also created the graphic design for the dashboard.